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August 7, 2015

Justice John Paul Stevens Award Nominations Due August 24

The CBA is accepting nominations for the 2015 Justice John Paul Stevens Award. The Award is presented annually by the CBA and CBF to Illinois attorneys or judges who have shown throughout their careers that they are exceptional individuals and who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the public and/or community.

Nominations are due August 24, 2015. […]

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July 27, 2015

CBF Welcomes New Board President and Members

The CBF is excited to welcome Allegra Nethery as the 34th Board President for the 2015-2016 term. A pro bono and philanthropy partner at Seyfarth Shaw, Allegra directs the firm-wide pro bono program and oversees the firm’s initiatives to provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and community organizations.

Allegra is someone who truly leads by example in her commitment to pro bono and the ideals of the legal profession, and it is very fitting that a board of accomplished leaders in Chicago’s legal community has chosen her to lead the CBF’s efforts in the coming year. Her passion and dedication towards the cause put her in a great position to continue advancing the CBF’s mission, especially after a tremendously impactful year under Jesse Ruiz’s leadership.

“Allegra is someone who truly leads by example in her commitment to pro bono and the ideals of our profession, and it is very fitting that a board of accomplished leaders in Chicago’s legal community has chosen her to lead the CBF’s efforts in the coming year,” said Bob Glaves, executive director of the CBF.

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July 23, 2015

Serving Seniors Where They Live

More than 40 million people in the U.S. are over the age of 65 today, and that number is expected to double by 2030. Many of these seniors are living on fixed incomes and struggle with legal issues related to caregiving, finances, their homes, and end-of-life planning. As they age, the accessibility of legal services can become as large a barrier to receiving help as affordability.

The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL), one of the organizations you are supporting through the Investing in Justice Campaign, focuses on serving low-income elderly and disabled people in the Chicago area and has promising initiatives in place to better serve this population.

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July 22, 2015

CBF Legal Aid Academy Partners with Kirkland & Ellis for Expert Deposition & Trial Skills Training

This summer, 40 legal aid attorneys and members of the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project participated in a three-day expert deposition and trial skills training program sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP through the CBF Legal Aid Academy.  This is the second year in a row that Kirkland has partnered with the CBF Legal Aid Academy to provide free, high-quality training to attorneys in the legal aid community.

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July 21, 2015

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers

Are you interested in working with families going through a crisis? Are you curious about how to meet with a client at jail? Have you always wanted to learn more about family law? Join the CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) Program of Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) for a training on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Learn about how you can provide important legal services to incarcerated mothers.  Attorneys of all experience levels are welcome and CLE credit is pending. Contact Alexis Mansfield at alexismansfield@cgla.net with questions and click here for additional info and to register.

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July 15, 2015

Honoring Careers of Dedication and Commitment

Seven attorneys lauded for their outstanding service to the community at the
CBA and CBF Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon

Seven outstanding attorneys in the Chicago area were recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work at The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation 17th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 14, 2015.

Over 700 people attended this year’s event held at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago, co-chaired by Brian W. Duwe, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Jan Stern Reed, general counsel of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

The award recipients represent a broad cross-section of Chicago’s legal community and share an unfaltering commitment to advancing access to justice and inspiring those around them to join the cause. This year’s recipients have fought for indigent tenants, access to education, First Amendment issues, rape survivor’s rights, and the safety of domestic abuse victims, among other issues impacting people in need. Some brief background on the Pro Bono and Public Service Awards and this year’s honorees follows.

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June 25, 2015

CBF Awards More Than $4 Million in Grants in FY 15

With the record-breaking Investing in Justice Campaign as the principal engine, the CBF was able to award a total of more than $4 million in grants in its FY 2015. Your generous support of the Campaign, along with the CBF’s many other foundation, government and individual partners, makes it possible for the CBF grants program to invest in the entire pro bono and legal aid system and make an impact that no one individual or entity could acting alone.

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June 24, 2015

Doctor’s Advice: Legal Aid

Putting doctors, hospitals and lawyers together may not sound like a recipe for improving health outcomes. But the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC) at the Legal Council For Health Justice is providing a thriving example of the great potential of these models and is one of the many great programs you are making possible through your support of the Investing in Justice Campaign. CMLPC’s focus is on serving low-income families at participating pediatric hospital and medical center sites to address legal issues impacting health outcomes, such as public benefits, special education, housing, immigration, guardianship and more.

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June 23, 2015

Eviction Defense Project

Looking for a summer pro bono project? Represent pro se tenants in eviction court through the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Eviction Defense Project. LCBH will be hosting a training for this project on Wednesday, July 22 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the LCBH Office, 33 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 900.

This hour-long training will cover the basics of landlord-tenant law and eviction defense practice in Chicago. Attendees will learn about the various state and local laws governing landlord-tenant relationships and the ins and outs of the eviction courtroom. Attorneys of all experience levels are welcome and CLE will be provided.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch. Contact Samira Nazem at snazem@lcbh.org with questions and to register.

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June 2, 2015

A financial safety net for Chicago’s legal safety nets

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Jamie Loo  |  Law Bulletin Staff Writer

Without a parent or guardian and no place to call home, a homeless teenager is faced with many challenges and in some cases can’t even enroll in school.

Fortunately for those teens, there are organizations such as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’ Law Project to advocate for their right to enroll in school and access other benefits.

The groups providing support need their own financial support to stay open and keep serving the community—and for some, funding from The Chicago Bar Foundation has served as a lifeline.

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